May Contain Spoilers
Ah, it’s the Memorial Day weekend, and the heady of scent of meat cooking over blazing grills permeates the air. What a great time to pick up a book about a dragon shifter. In this case, a fire dragon shifter. Leo can barbeque steak as easily as he can rescue his beloved, setting an SUV ablaze with skilled ease. What’s not to love about a guy who can fly, save your butt from bad guys, and ignite a bonfire for a romantic evening in the desert with just one breath?
Tee works as a casino hostess, ensuing that the big players at the Crown Jewel are happy and gambling away gobs of cash. She has loved Leo from afar for years, and while they have shared some steamy gazes and a smoldering kiss, she thinks that maybe she’s reading too much into their interactions. Determined to know for sure whether there is a chance for them to be a happy couple, or if she should move on and find someone else, she declares her love for him in a steamy elevator scene. And is promptly turned down flat. What? What?!
Leo is a fire dragon, and he’s the last male of his line. He has to find is destined mate, both to keep his dragon from fading away, and to continue his family line. While he loves Tee, she doesn’t bear his dragon mark, so he has to put her out of his mind. Only he can’t. They share a bond that he can’t deny. Despite his responsibilities, he realizes that Tee is the woman for him, and that he will just have to let his dragon go. *sob!* Or does he?
Overall, I enjoyed Stop Dragon My Heart Around. I thought the beginning was a bit pokey, though, because Tee and Leo weren’t together very much during the first few chapters. While they were attempting to get a handle of their feelings for each other, I had a hard time engaging in the story. Tee has her obligatory circle of friends coaching her on, while Leo has his awesome dragon form and can go take his frustrations out on a poor ram. The pace picked up considerably soon after their solitary soul searching, for which I am grateful.
Most of the action takes place at Tee’s reservation. She is Native American, and reservation politics plays a large part of the story. Tee is reluctant to directly voice her opinions about the issues causing problems for her tribe, in part because her father is the chief and she doesn’t want it to look like she is opposing him in any way. Her hands off policy regarding tribal matters, as well as her job working for a large casino, make it difficult for her to fit in, even now that she is an adult. Ever feeling like an outsider in her own community, she has to deal with a huge shock when she learns the reason for some of her inability to fit in.
I wasn’t too thrilled with Tee’s reaction when she discovers that Leo was a dragon. I’m not sure how I would react if Dean suddenly revealed that he could shift into a werewolf or better yet, a unicorn, (but it would explain some of mess I return to after a weekend horse show!), but I doubt I would reject him outright, without even letting him explain his side of the story. For someone professing to love Leo with all of her heart, for years, Tee’s reaction to his revelation was unreasonable to me. She claims, several times during the book, that she is a strong willed woman, yet when her strength is most needed, it abandons her. I just didn’t care for her rejection of Leo’s true self.
If you are looking for a fast read for today’s holiday, grab a copy of Stop Dragon My Heart Around. Despite the few quibbles I had with the story, it’s a fun read.
Lucky Leprechaun underwear ironed? Check.
Gold plated hearing aids? Check.
Pink doggy booties, times four? Check.
Tee is Vegas’s favorite casino hostess, ready to grant her high rollers their every quirky wish. But when her own wish to financially help her Paiute Tribe finally comes true, she decides to double-down with lady luck and go for a hot hook-up with her sexy boss, Leo. Unfortunately, Tees about to find out why their romance is such a long shot—Leo is a shape-shifting dragon.
Leo needs a proper dragon mate to save his waning dragon form, and despite their magnetic sexual attraction, he knows Tee is anything but proper—or a dragon. But when threats arise from Tee’s tribe, Leos protective instincts kick in. Can he give up his dragon form for the woman he loves—even if it means shortening his life? Or has Tee finally had enough of having her heart dragged around?